conation

conation

[koh-ney-shuhn]
noun Psychology.
the part of mental life having to do with striving, including desire and volition.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin cōnātiōn- (stem of cōnātiō) an effort, equivalent to cōnāt(us) (past participle of cōnārī to try) + -iōn- -ion

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conation (kəʊˈneɪʃən)
 
n
the element in psychological processes that tends towards activity or change and appears as desire, volition, and striving
 
[C19: from Latin cōnātiō an attempting, from cōnārī to try]
 
co'national
 
adj

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conation
in philosophical use from 1836, from L. conationem, noun of action from conari "to endeavor, to try."
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conation co·na·tion (kō-nā'shən)
n.
The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.


co'na·tive (kō'nə-tĭv, kŏn'ə-) adj.
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